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John Jackson Miller

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John Jackson Miller is a science-fiction author, comic book writer, and commentator, known for his work on the Star Wars franchise and his research into comic book circulation history. He was born on January 12, 1968. He began as editor of the trade magazine Comics Retailer in 1993. Following the vis mere introduction of Magic: The Gathering, he added games to its coverage, changing the title to Comics & Games Retailer in 2001. In 1998, Miller was appointed managing editor of Comics Buyer's Guide; he served as the first editor of Scrye: The Guide to Collectible Card Games. He produced much work for Comics Buyer's Guide magazine. His first professional comics work appeared in 2003 in Crimson Dynamo for Marvel Comics, which led to a run on Iron Man. He writes a regular column called Longbox Manifesto for regular comics magazine Comics Buyer's Guide. In 2007, he launched The Comics Chronicles, a website devoted to comic-book circulation history and research. In February 2007, he was hired as a writer for the video game Sword of the New World. In early 2008, he launched a fantasy webcomic with artist Chuck Fiala called Sword & Sarcasm. In 2008, he wrote the Dark Horse comic-book adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.[4] In 2009, he was announced as the scripter for Mass Effect: Redemption, the first comic-book series based on the video game Mass Effect, launching in January 2010. In 2013 he wrote his first novel in a non-licensed universe, Overdraft: The Orion Offensive, for 47 North. In 2005, Miller wrote an issue of Star Wars: Empire for Dark Horse Comics, featuring Darth Vader. Next year, as part of Dark Horse Star Wars comic line, Miller started writing the ongoing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic comic series, serving as a spin-off for the video game. The series proved a major success among fans and lasted for 50 issues. In August 2008, Wizards of the Coast released a Knights of the Old Republic guidebook for its Star Wars Roleplaying Game, which Miller co-wrote. In 2010 Miller began writing the Star Wars: Knight Errant comic series. A Knight Errant novel was released in early 2011 by Del Rey. This was Miller's first professional novel. Most recently, 2012 saw a continuation of the Knights of the Old Republic storyline with a mini-series entitled War. In October 2012, Del Rey announced that Miller would write Star Wars: Kenobi, a novel about Obi-Wan Kenobi's life on Tatooine. This title made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013. His title, A New Dawn, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af John Jackson Miller

Star Wars: Kenobi (2013) 671 eksemplarer
Star Wars: A New Dawn (2014) 578 eksemplarer
Star Wars: Knight Errant (2011) 350 eksemplarer
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice (2009) 301 eksemplarer
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Paragon (2010) 207 eksemplarer
Star Wars: Rise of the Empire (2015) 200 eksemplarer
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Skyborn (2009) 183 eksemplarer
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Purgatory (2010) 155 eksemplarer
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Savior (2010) 139 eksemplarer
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Sentinel (2011) 135 eksemplarer
Takedown (2015) 122 eksemplarer
Prey: Hell's Heart (2016) 93 eksemplarer
Vector, Volume 1 (2009) 88 eksemplarer
The Enterprise War (2019) 83 eksemplarer
Prey: The Jackal's Trick (2016) 82 eksemplarer
Prey: The Hall of Heroes (2016) 81 eksemplarer
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Pantheon (2011) 67 eksemplarer
Rogue Elements (2021) 65 eksemplarer
The High Country (2023) 61 eksemplarer
Die Standing (2020) 56 eksemplarer
Mass Effect Volume 3: Invasion (2012) — Forfatter — 54 eksemplarer
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Secrets (2012) 54 eksemplarer
Titan: Absent Enemies (2014) 39 eksemplarer
Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral (2012) 30 eksemplarer
Overdraft: The Orion Offensive (2013) 20 eksemplarer
Mass Effect: Redemption #1 (2010) 9 eksemplarer
SMITE: The Pantheon War (2017) — Forfatter — 7 eksemplarer
Warman's Field Guide: Comic Book (2004) 5 eksemplarer
Star Wars 2015 Sampler (2015) 4 eksemplarer
Human Error (2013) 4 eksemplarer
Une nouvelle aube (2017) 4 eksemplarer
Bottleneck 3 eksemplarer
Star Wars 2014 Sampler 3 eksemplarer
Star Wars Sonderband 54 (2010) 3 eksemplarer
Orientation 2 eksemplarer
Iron Man (1998) #81 — Forfatter — 2 eksemplarer
Iron Man (1998) #75 2 eksemplarer
Iron Man (1998) #73 1 eksemplar
Mass Effect: Invasion #4 (2015) 1 eksemplar
Mass Effect: Invasion #2 (2015) 1 eksemplar
Prey: Collector's Edition (2022) 1 eksemplar
Iron Man (1998) #79 1 eksemplar
Iron Man (1998) #74 1 eksemplar
Mass Effect: Invasion #1 (2015) 1 eksemplar
Iron Man (1998) #78 1 eksemplar
Iron Man (1998) #82 1 eksemplar
Iron Man (1998) #84 1 eksemplar
Iron Man (1998) #77 1 eksemplar
Hells Heart 1 eksemplar
Iron Man (1998) #80 1 eksemplar
Új hajnal 1 eksemplar
Iron Man (1998) #85 1 eksemplar
Iron Man (1998) #76 1 eksemplar
Mass Effect: Evolution #2 (2015) 1 eksemplar
Crimson Dynamo #6 1 eksemplar
Crimson Dynamo #2 1 eksemplar
Star Wars 2014 Sampler (2014) 1 eksemplar
Star Wars légendes - Kenobi (2015) 1 eksemplar
Murderer's Row {short story} (2017) 1 eksemplar
Apollo's Daughters 1 eksemplar
Star Wars Nowy swit 1 eksemplar
Rites {short story} 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Canto Bight (2017) — Bidragyder — 253 eksemplarer
Armored (2012) — Bidragyder — 144 eksemplarer
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man (2004) 45 eksemplarer
Star Wars Omnibus: At War with the Empire, Volume 2 (2011) — Script — 35 eksemplarer
Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone (2017) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
Halo: Rise of Atriox (2018) — Forfatter — 10 eksemplarer
Star Wars 2015 Del Rey Sampler (2015) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
Comics Buyer's Guide #1598 (2004) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
Comics Buyer's Guide #1596 (2004) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
Comics Buyer's Guide #1595 (2004) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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An unexpectedly great Star Wars book. It's a fabulous balance of taught action and deft character development. I've had a growing love of all things Rebels, Kanan, and Hera over the last few years. Even still, this book stands magnificently on its own. This is a top 5 canon book for me.
 
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Library_Guard | 27 andre anmeldelser | Jun 17, 2024 |
This was a book I was looking forward to reading. Obi-Wan Kenobi has always been my favorite character, right from that moment when he comes staggering over the rocks in A New Hope. The prequel trilogy, and later The Clone Wars, fleshed his character out even further. Still, I wondered about his exile on Tatooine. What was it like? How did it change him from warrior to guardian to adviser? In some ways, Miller answers that here, and in some ways he doesn’t.

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Library_Guard | 30 andre anmeldelser | Jun 17, 2024 |
The Jackal's Trick picks up the plot threads from Hell's Heart, but shifts focus in terms of character somewhat. Whereas Hell's Heart gave us a lot of the Enterprise crew as its main Starfleet characters, this one, especially in its earlier chapters, focuses more on the rel="nofollow" target="_top">Titan crew. Hell's Heart had no mention of anything from Titan: Sight Unseen except for Riker's new job; suddenly, here there are recurring characters from Titan like the new XO, Riker's aide, and Ethan Kyzak the North Star cowboy and references to specific scenes in Sight Unseen. (Did James Swallow turn in the manuscript after Miller wrote book 1 before he wrote book 2?) This works to the book's benefit; while Hell's Heart had somewhat bland Enterprise characters reacting to Klingon machinations again and again, The Jackal's Trick has a lot of fun scenes with the Titan crew as they manage to actually deal some setbacks to the Klingon cult.

I enjoyed Worf's strand a fair amount, as he is taken prisoner and tries to teach an Unsung child about honor... only he killed that child's father in honorable combat! Kahless gets some fun moments. Probably the real MVP of the book is Valandris, who is going through a challenging time in terms of values and circumstances. I enjoyed following her narrative, and I look forward to seeing where it—and that of the rest of the Unsung—goes in book 3.

Still, though, if the novel as a form is about characters who grow and change, it feels like Prey is curiously short of them given it's made up of three novels. Surely there's more fun to be gotten from a Tuvok/La Forge team-up than this? A big part of the problem are the two principal villains, Korgh and Cross. Both are very one-note... but feel like with a few tweaks, they could have been more fun and have more depth. Korgh is a wronged man, and one who has used dishonorable methods to reclaim his honor. Surely we could have more sympathy for him, and experience more of his turmoil? But whenever we go to his perspective, he's just cackling manically (inwardly) at a fullproof plan. Whatever interest I saw in Cross from book 1 was undermined almost right away in book 2 when he turned out to be a creepy psychopath. I feel like he could have been the kind of villain you kind of want to win because he's so clever, but again all his scenes feel the same.

This book feels like it's treading water for the people in it, even as the plot is always getting more complicated. I think in those old days, when Star Trek fiction had a lot of three-book series but not much of an ongoing story, you could have a trilogy that told an exciting story but didn't really move much forward. But this book is part of an ongoing tapestry—and yet it feels like no one in it is allowed to change or develop, even the characters original to it. Miller writes in a way that's fun and easy to read, I never dreaded this book or anything, but it doesn't feel like it has enough of a point to be three novels.

Continuity Notes:
  • "The Federation has been at peace with the Klingon Empire since Kirk visited Khitomer." Well, you know, except for the war!
Other Notes:
  • Perhaps I'm wrong, but I'd guess there's a straight line from Miller enjoying writing Kyzak here to The High Country.
  • On p. 116, Cross is proud of himself for using a particular Klingon word... is he supposed to be speaking tlhIngan Hol the whole time? Because if so it would be easy to use a particular word! If not, it raises a bunch of questions best left avoided.
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Stevil2001 | 3 andre anmeldelser | Jun 15, 2024 |
Read enough of an author's work, and you begin to notice what interests them, their recurrent themes and obsessions. LibraryThing tells me I own twenty-six books with contributions by John Jackson Miller, of which I have read seventeen, from 2006's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic to 2023's rel="nofollow" target="_top">Strange New Worlds: The High Country. As a writer, Miller is often interest in cons and grifts, hoodwinking other, misdirections, sleights of hand, these are all things his villains love to do, but also his protagonists. This is so blatant that in the KOTOR comics he has a grifter actually named "Gryph"! There's a lot of illusion and trickery especially in his novel Picard: Rogue Elements, but a fair bit too in the long con of The High Country. (You can see why they got him to write a Section 31–themed Discovery novel, though I didn't read that one)

Book 1 of Prey is all about a long con, one of the longest cons of all. The Enterprise-E is summoned to help transport various members of the House of Kruge to a ceremony to honor them, in order to set up the House's participation in a vital negotiation between the Khitomer and Typhon powers. The House of Kruge has been leaderless since the events of The Search for Spock a century ago, no squabbling family member able to achieve dominance over another. But when the ceremony comes under attack, it turns out that there's an agenda a work, one that's been in action for a full century!

John Jackson Miller has a good grasp of character voices, but the problem with a novel about a con being run on our heroes is that they largely spend it reactive—and for the most part, the reader is ahead of them. It's pretty obvious that Galdor, gin'tak of House Kruge, is up to something and in league with the assassins who attack the summit even before this is explicitly revealed, but it's something our heroes still don't know after 383 pages. This is a long time to read about main characters who continually react to crisis after crisis, making no headway in understanding what's going on. Like his writer, Galdor is moving all the pieces into position for a dramatic payoff in future installments... but that doesn't necessarily make for riveting reading on its own. (And, unfortunately, as can often be the case with stories of deception, who Galdor was pretending to be was kind of more interesting than who he turned out to actually be.)

Like with Takedown, I felt that Miller handled the screen characters well in the sense of capturing their voices, but less so in the sense that it doesn't really feel like the book matters to them. This is even true with Worf, to whom the events of the book ought to matter a lot. What's at stake for his character? Kahless, I guess? Honor? But these stakes come across as more hypothetical than actual. The nonscreen characters, though, are there in name only, if at all. (Though, it's not Miller's fault if Šmrhová doesn't have a personality.) The previous Next Generation novel, Armageddon's Arrow, did a good job of giving the Enterprise crew little bits and bobs, but this pulls back from that, much as it also pulls back from the Enterprise's suppose renewed mission of exploration yet again.

Don't get me wrong, there are a couple good twists, and some strong action. But I wanted Picard, Riker, La Forge, and so on to do something interesting and clever, to figure something out. Hopefully that's what books 2 and 3 are for.

Continuity Notes:
  • It feels like a weird thing to complain that I wanted more continuity references in a book that manages to tie the events of Search for Spock to those of DS9's "Captive Pursuit," but I thought it was weird how vague the references to Insurrection were given this takes the Enterprise back to its setting. Picard never thinks, "Oh Anij who I claimed to want to spend hundreds of days with is close by" or anything like that.
Other Notes:
  • There's an extended flashback in the middle to the Enterprise-A bumping into the "Unsung" Klingons. I felt like this went on a bit, and again, it seemed like there should be more character stuff at stake, especially for Kirk. Meeting a group of discommoded Klingons who refuses to do anything at all as their ships drift to their doom seems like a good Star Trek Adventures scenario, I'll have to remember that.
  • When Cross was unmasked, I immediately thought, "Oh, it's The Wizard of Oz." One page later, Cross is quoting the movie and calling its title character a hero. Korgh thinks that he "rather doubted the hero of any children's story would appreciate the worship of a man who had helped engineer the decapitation of one of the great houses of the Klingon Empire." Korgh needs to read The Land of Oz, where we learn the Wizard was willing to hand an innocent baby off to a wicked witch in order to guarantee his own power, ending a royal line.
  • Cross is a nice lively character among the often dour, honor-obsessed Klingon cast. I hope we get a good amount more from him in books 2 and 3.
  • I don't feel that Martok came across as very well; he has to be a bit of a dunce for things to work.
  • Today I learned that it's spelled "painstik" for some reason.
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Stevil2001 | 3 andre anmeldelser | Jun 7, 2024 |

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